Onsi Sawiris was the founder and president of Orascom Onsi Sawiris & Co, the original family partnership involved in trading and contracting. Mr. Sawiris was named as the Chairman of Orascom Construction Industries upon its incorporation in 1998. He is also Chairman of Orascom Trading Co and serves on the Board of Directors for Orascom Telecom Holding, Orascom Hotels and Developments and Orascom Technology Systems. In 2008, Mr. Sawiris was made Commander in the Order of the Crown by His Majesty King Albert II, King of Belgium, and has held L'Order de Leopold since 1998. Also in 2008, he was awarded the Swedish Royal Order of the Polar Star in the presence of HRH Princess Victoria of Sweden.
Mr. Sawiris holds a BSc in Engineering from Cairo University. He was born in 1930 and is an Egyptian citizen.